Mix of Christian and Mayan tradition

August 18, 2008 by  
Filed under What is Semana Santa

Imágenes are religious sculptures that were made during the Spanish rule, dating back to the 17th century.  The faithful believe that the sculptures will grant believers their requests.  In some places in Guatemala, these sculptures are considered divine religious figures. The sculptures played a principal role in the conversion of the Maya to Catholicism when the Maya personified the sculptures with the stories of their own deities.

 

Thanks to www.questconnect.org/guat_semana_santa.htm (which acknowledges “Culture and Customs of Guatemala, Lent and Holy Week in Antigua” as a source).

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